If you have lost many teeth or are struggling with chronic dental problems, one of the options is to turn to dentures. Full dentures, also known as conventional dentures, are used most often by people who have lost their entire bottom or top row of teeth.
Full dentures take some time to create, and the mouth must be prepped for installation, but once they’re in place, the functionality of the mouth is much better than in one with missing teeth.
What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are customized dentures that are designed to replace missing teeth. They may be removable or permanently installed, depending on the patient’s preference and their jaw bone’s structure.
While the majority of dentures are removable and use adhesive to stick to the gums, full dentures may also be made permanent. In that case, the prosthetic teeth are connected to dental implants, which then permanently hold the dentures in place. This is preferred for some patients, such as those who are particularly young or those who have already had some of their jaw bone begin to break down and shrink.
Do Full Dentures Require Teeth to Be Pulled?
If the patient still has some teeth in the row that the dentures will be for, those teeth are normally pulled to prepare the mouth for dentures.
After the remaining teeth are removed from the patient’s mouth, the gums are allowed to heal over for the next couple of months. Once they’re adequately healed, a dentist will create the custom removable dentures that the patient wants. These will be designed to look good, and more importantly, to make it so the patient can chew and speak normally.
Are Full Dentures Best for All Patients?
Not every patient needs full dentures. Partial dentures may also be an option for some people. Partial dentures, which may include removable teeth or bridges, may use a metal framework or a special form to hold the teeth in place. Some are permanent, and some are removable.
When Should You Consider Trying Dentures?
Dentures are a good way to replace multiple teeth and get back the functionality of the mouth. With full dentures, patients are able to eat and drink normally.
- You’ve lost most of your teeth on the top or bottom row
- You have many loose or shifting teeth with large gaps between them
- Chronic toothaches have made your mouth their home
- Your gums are bleeding, tender, swollen, or red
There are other reasons that patients may want to get dentures, too. If they don’t go to the dentist regularly, have chronic dental problems like tooth decay or rot, or if they struggle with frequent indigestion, then it may be time to speak with a dentist about customized dentures.
How Many People Use Dentures?
Millions of women over the age of 40 use dentures of some kind, whether they’re full or partial dentures, and it’s suspected that between 30 and 40 million people in America have no teeth remaining at all. Many of these people are not elderly, but they may have histories that include medical conditions that wear down the teeth, accidents involving the teeth or jaw, or other situations that broke down their teeth over time.
Talk to Greenwood Dental to Learn More about Full Denture Options
If you or someone you love are considering your options for replacing missing teeth, dentures might be one that could work for you. Our staff at Greenwood Dental Care would be happy to help you set up an appointment, so we can discuss the options that would be best for you based on your exam and X-Rays. Contact us today at [direct], or contact us online to learn more about our services and the dental prosthetics that we have available.